I'd like to discuss a shot with you that you can use in two situations and will save you a lot of strokes. First, it is perfect in the wind when you are trying to keep the ball nice and low. Second, you can also use it for shots when you are between clubs, undecided about which club to use or even a little nervous. This shot is a very controlled shot, and no matter what reason you are hitting it, you use the same philosophy.
Proper Set Up For a Knockdown Shot
You are looking to make a three-quarter swing and keep the ball low and controlled. There are just a few differences in the set up for this shot from a typical golf swing. 1) Play the ball a little back in your stance, just behind center 2) Take a narrower stance with your weight favoring your forward leg just slightly.
Now the swing is only going to be about a three-quarter swing, so you should take the club back until your hands are just about shoulder height. What is really important is that on the follow-through when you finish your swing you are only going to take the clubs to a point where your hands are just about at your shoulder level again.
An Even Golf Swing
Basically the swing is even on both sides, there is perfect symmetry between your backswing and your follow-through. Whatever you do on your backswing you should mimic on your follow-through. So when you want to play this in the wind remember, start with the ball back in your stance.
Do not alter your swing thought at all, the fact that you have the ball back in your stance and that this is a three-quarter swing will do that for you naturally. On the follow-through try to hold your finish so that you can make sure that you are following through the correct amount. Remember, this shot is not just for the wind, it can be used whenever you are between clubs and want to hit the ball accurately. If you take some time to practice and perfect this shot it is guaranteed to save you a lot of strokes out on the course.